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ASUS - AX6000 Dual Band Wi-Fi 6 Router

Model: RT-AX88USKU: 6321916

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 29 reviews

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Nicked by the Cutting Edge

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    Turbolence
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    ASUS’ line of networking equipment is decidedly gamer-oriented. From a visual standpoint alone, virtually every router and networking adapter they sell eschews a minimalist aesthetic for sharp angles and antenna arrays that make their equipment look more like alien spacecraft than a device from the Jony Ive school of design. The ASUS AX6000 Dual Band Wi-Fi 6 Router is a recent into the premium router market that continues on this philosophy, advertising game-optimizing features front and center to complement the inclusion of the latest network features and “commercial-grade” security functions. As ambitious as it is extravagant, ASUS’ AX6000 leaps out in front to be one of the first to market with WiFi 6 functions, but in trying to gain an early lead on the future, falls short with unreliable firmware that yields issues reminiscent of routers from the past. - Setup Besides a quickstart guide, the included documentation with this router is minimal. The user guide is available on the website, but is far more limited in troubleshooting functions than I would like (this will be an issue later). Setup was straightforward once the router had a chance to fully boot. The initial configuration gets the router set up with WPA2 Personal encryption for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks by default, and updates the firmware to the latest version if available. I’m running the latest revision as of February 25, 2018, version 3.0.0.4.384_5640. Advanced configuration took a while just from the sheer number of menus and options available. If there were ever a router equivalent of the Kitchen Sink, the AX6000 is it. I couldn’t even test some of the functions as they were available but I had no use for them, such as parental controls and blocking of specific content types. This was also troublesome as it was not clear where common, important-to-some functions (e.g. Port Forwarding) were, and I would have loved to have had this information handy in a printed guide or a menu map of some kind. - Connectivity & Range The AX6000’s eight gigabit ethernet ports eliminated my need for an extra networking switch on my home network, and although I didn’t test the router’s file-sharing capabilities as I have a separate server, the option to set a basic one up through the included USB 3.0 port is very handy. Supporting both 2.4GHz and 5GHz out of the box, it was very easy to get all my modern and legacy devices connected without issue, and with excellent signal strength. The four powered antennas give this router a superb wireless range. Devices I once thought were send-limited found stronger signal strength and connection quality in the furthest corners of my home, even on dual-band connections. I was even able to hold a weak, but usable, connection to the AX6000 walking a couple houses down the street with my cell phone. Granted this was merely due to the minimal obstruction between the two devices, as the same dead spots I had with my prior router were present with this one, though the actual dead zone sizes seemed much smaller. - Speed & Latency Unfortunately no device I have supports WiFi 6 (802.11ax), so I can’t verify ASUS claims of up to 6000Mbps transfer speeds. 802.11ac was plenty fast, however, and with no advanced features enabled I was getting transfer speeds faster than most of my devices were capable of writing to their disks. I was able to hit upwards of 2000Mbps on a few instances. These speeds fell when security features were enabled as I’ll detail in “Security” below. Additionally, I noticed no change in latency between my old router and the AX6000. Ping to my usual servers was as fast as always, and it should be noted that the latency-reducing game features that ASUS advertises are a combination of QoS prioritization and a gaming VPN. More on that later. - Security & QoS The cheekily-named “AiProtection” is in fact a Trend Micro security layer that is indeed used in some businesses for enterprise security, of course in a much more vast, robust, and contract-supported capacity than what you’ll have available in a home router. Basic protection functions include a security audit, malicious site blocking, intrusion prevention, infected device protection, and parental controls. The features tax the router’s onboard processor decently, as evidenced by a noticeable drop in network speed between devices (my 70Mbps internet connection would not saturate this router by any stretch). With them turned on, expect half speed throughout. Adaptive Quality of Service (QoS) is another ASUS feature that seems to want to act like an extension of uPnP. This feature allgedly automatically prioritizes and de-prioritizes internet traffic based on an algorithm that should lower latency for devices detected to be gaming, and increase bandwidth for devices detected to be streaming video. I had this feature enabled and unfortunately saw little change, with one device streaming video, another playing a game, and a third saturating connections using BitTorrent, and the torrenting computer was still causing lag spikes on the game until I manually adjusted the QoS to de-prioritize the torrenting machine. - Gaming Functions Advertised as a gaming router that could reduce ping by as much as 30%, I had high hopes that some of the more distant servers (e.g. opposite coast) would be more playable in the games that I play. QoS is one way the router promises better latency; the other is through a VPN service called WTFast. A 3-day guest subscription to the bandwidth-unlimited paid service is included with a bandwidth-restricted lifetime subscription available for router owners. Unfortunately, the combination of QoS and WTFast fell well short of my expectations, despite having an optimized server available the biggest game play, Rocket League. I had a very steady 92ms latency with the services disabled, and with both I fell to 88ms, right on the edge of being within the margin of error. These pings were steady across several matches, but a latency reduction that minor is hardly worth the router’s asking price. Your experience may vary, of course. - Reliability Unfortunately, a week with the router revealed some issues that I found were not exclusive to my experience and put a damper on my impressions. A few devices lost connection to the router at points (seemingly random, while the devices were in active use) and they took longer than I would have expected to reconnect. I wasn’t able to pinpoint the issue but I assume the AiProtection or adaptive QoS was partly responsible. Additionally, with both adaptive QoS and AiProtection enabled, the router either experiences some sort of infinite loop or hardware problem, as all devices will suddenly and inexplicably lose connectivity. The router’s SSIDs will remain visible, but all connected devices will cease to be able to send or receive Internet or local network data, and I am unable to reach the router’s configuration page. I noticed when this occurs that the router is very warm, almost hot, to the touch leading me to wonder if the device is in fact overheating. After reading up on other user experiences, this issue appears to persist across firmware revisions spanning the last few months at minimum. I’m not sure whether the issue can be fixed with a firmware update, but regardless the only method that fixed the issue so far has been a reboot of the router. That’s right, this 2019 router features 2004’s troubleshooting repairs. I had to reboot anywhere between an hour and 24 hours of uptime throughout my testing. Disabling both Adaptive QoS and AiProtection seems to have fixed the issue, as I’ve gone over a week without any of the above connection issues. But needing to leave out hallmark functionality just to get a stable connection is very disappointing, and as a result I’m hardly any better off with this router as I am with the $79 802.11ac one I bought in 2014. - Bottom Line The ASUS AX6000 Dual Band Wi-Fi 6 Router is a very advanced router that has plenty of modern connectivity, but needs a little more time to mature from a firmware, possibly hardware perspective before it’s ready for mass adoption. It’s entirely possible that updates will resolve these issues, or perhaps the firmware can be replaced with something more capable a la DD-WRT, but unfortunately I can’t recommend early-adopting a product like this based on potential that may never be realized. The above issues would be forgivable in a less expensive router, but with an MSRP of $349, the incredibly high price relative to the rest of the router market makes this a poor value. If you really want 802.11ax or Trend Micro’s protection suite today, this may suit your needs at the expense of your pocketbook, but a cutting-edge router being reliable in only bog-standard router mode is unacceptable. Not recommended.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Admin Tools, Small Learning Curve

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    TechTux
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    I have been in the market for a new router for some time now and been very picky due to how it is pretty much the backbone of any network. I decided to go with ASUS and was so glad I did. This is what a router should be! Not only is it reliable, fast and has 8 Ethernet connectors, it has a full range of admin tools! If I am going to buy a router in the upper hundreds then I expect to have full access to everything in it. This router is a must have for anyone who wishes to upgrade their network, have wide range of admin tools and reliability. PROS - Price per features offered Easy Setup Two USB 3 Connections 8 Ethernet Ports Ability to turn off Network Activity Lights Network Map is Real Time, very detailed information displayed Able to Hide SSID Able to disable 2.4 GHz Band Able to increase or decrease broadcast rate / band / hops Able to power boost the signal Able to individually modify each antenna (Band) for signal rate/boost Able to set Guest Access in DMZ (Outside Intranet/Firewall) Able to set time limit for Guest Access, have to turn on/off manually Able to see signal strength of wireless devices Able to see transfer connection rate of wireless devices Able to see connected device details Packet Collision non-existent, very little if any multi packet rebroadcast Able to perform router trace to devices for network troubleshooting Able to provide real time monitor/status logs Able to provide firewall status Able to export router configuration settings in-case needing to restore router CONS- No Phone App No Mount / Stand for Router Placement To Use Traffic Analyzer must agree to send your network data to TrendMicro To Use Adaptive QoS must agree to send your network data to TrendMicro **However you are able to use the Traditional QoS without having to agree to send your data to TrendMicro.** Game Boost Feature is external outside network going through 3rd party *** Note *** Use Adaptive QoS / Game Boost / Traffic Analyzer at your own risk as you are agreeing to send your network information to Trend Micro / WTFast.com. Even though the disclaimer says its "anonymous" there is always risk when allowing data to go outside your network. I find it disappointing that they lock down Traffic Analyzer and Adaptive QoS if you do not agree to send TrendMicro your data. As for Game Boost that is a GPN (Virtual Private Network) into their server so it would be understandable needing to send your data outside network if planning to use Game Boost. ::Hardware:: Casing / Antennas are made very well and durable when needing to adjust. I especially love how it comes with 8 Ethernet Ports. It has a USB 3.0 in the rear along with one in the front which is very convenient. It also has two buttons for WPS setup (Quick WiFi Setup) and LED (Turn off/on LED lights). ::Setup:: Packaged nicely, very easy to install and setup. When launching it will provide you with a browser setup wizard which is nice for those who are not very tech savvy. Once setup has completed you can then go back in and start going through the advance settings. I recommend making a backup of your router configuration before going into the advance settings in-case you need to reverse any changes. ::Software:: There is so much this router does I will focus on the highlights that way this review does not become novel to read. The GUI (Graphical User Interface) of the software is not pretty and could be overwhelming at first glance hence why I mention a small learning curve earlier. Not to worry once you understand how to navigate you will be able to go through each section and modify to your hearts content. ** Network Map provides a layout of Network Traffic, Devices, and WIFI Networks. The Network Traffic is real time, with devices updating to know when one disconnects and it differentiates between the WIFI Networks 2.4GHz / 5GHz band. It provides a detailed layout of all devices connected to the router. It displays an icon to indicate if it is either a wired or wireless connection along with connection method. It provides signal strength of wireless devices, the transfer connection rate of wireless devices and able to click on the device to provide details of the connection. You are also able to edit the device name and icon picture to what you like. ** Wireless Advance Settings provides ability to rename 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. You are able to hide your SSID or disable the 2.4 band if not being used. You can select the WIFI Channel width, which for advance users know how beneficial that is. You are able to increase or decrease broadcast rate / band / hops or boost the signal. You are able to individually modify each antenna (Band) for signal rate/boost. You do have an option for a guest access set within DMZ to ensure guests will not be within your network behind your firewall. You can also set a time limit for guest acess. ** Advance Settings is where you will have the most fun for those that enjoy tweaking their networks. There is so much customization to modify for your network you will find yourself always in there playing around. If you are not very tech savvy do not worry there are some of the basics like port forwarding, Static IP Reservation, VPN Client, Access the external USB/eSATA storage items, assign specific non-rotatable ip's (strongly recommended) and DDNS/ISP settings within. ** Administration / System Logs / Network Tools is where it excels the most! Be sure to change the router name/password, update your firmware before as a first step. Afterwards you will find you have the ability to download router logs (contains very detailed information), run network tools like trace route, device monitor/status logs, firewall status, audit tools, logging tools / filter, router config file export ability (in-case you need to restore router settings) and even more advance admin tools. ASUS has always been known to provided the best admin tools and they done it again with this device. Overall I have been very impressed with this router and all of the abilities that comes with it. Even if you are only needing a router for the best gaming experience I would recommend this router. It is always better to have abilities and features available for when the time comes versus not having the option at all, being forced to upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tech heavy router

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    DavidJr
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    If you like to be on the bleeding edge of technology and like to have as many features as possible, then this router is for you. I’ve personally had a lot of routers over the years and many of the consumer products have basically been reduced to simple icons with minimal control. I’ve even used software like DD-WRT on other routers just to get some additional feature administration. Well, the ASUS RT-AX88U, Wireless AX6000 Dual Band Gigabit Router already has all these features. It is 802.11ax, which not many devices have the capability to utilize yet, but it will be faster with higher throughput and less congestion. It has eight (8) gigabit LAN ports and two (2) USB 3.0 ports which can be used for hard drives or a 3G/4G USB modem. It can function as a media server, print server, cloud server, PC free download manager, an OS X time machine, or as a VPN server or client. There are so many configuration options on this device that it blurs the line between consumer and enterprise like settings for RADIUS and remote log servers. You can also setup dynamic DNS and create an SSL cert so that you can remotely access your router and AiCloud through your own custom URL at https://yourname.asuscomm.com. While at the same time, it has easier to handle options like AiProtection that is listed as “state-of-the-art, three-pronged security from Trend Micro, gives you enterprise-level security in the home” and Alexa & IFTTT integration so you can enable/disable guest network, streaming mode, game mode or pause the internet. As ASUS is commonly known for Republic of Gamers line of products, there are several features on this router directly intended to improve gaming. Features like adaptive quality of service (QoS) in One Click Game First mode, Gamers Private Network, powered by WTFast, an option in wireless settings to Optimize for Xbox and the AiProtection mentions “You can temporally turn off anti-virus on your PCs to reserve system resources for gaming.” Though I haven’t tested each of these modes out, the results can vary drastically with your internet provider. As for security protection, you can easily run the router security assessment that gives most common vulnerabilities, like weak passwords, web access and various port features. Though some features aren’t all bad, they provide tips on how the can affect you. The AiProtection provides “real-time network monitoring to detect malware, viruses and other intrusions before it reaches your PC or connected devices.” These modes also may cause some to question privacy, as “your information will be collected by Trend Micro through AiProtection, Traffic analyzer, Apps analyzer, Adaptive QoS and web history.” But, how else will they block malicious sites for your systems if they don’t know the site you are going to. More manual control can also be accomplished through parental controls so that groups of network devices can be set to time restrictions or block specific sites. I have 175/25 Mbps cable internet and noticed no difference in speeds and even tested some malicious material in which it blocked and popped up on the device a nice warning message. However, there are no options to permit specific sites that you may trust that are flagged malicious and the warning page just takes you to Trend Micro or your router settings page. There was one issue which I only happened to stumble across when I looked through the Wireless >> Professional settings. There is an option for “Bluetooth Coexistence” and at first didn’t see a need for it until I left my home and returned. Apparently the Bluetooth connection between my Samsung Gear S3 watch and Note 9 phone was getting interrupted by something. When I changed that setting to Enabled, everything returned to normal. So, just as a heads up, if you have Bluetooth devices, that might need to be a setting you enable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding & Future Proof AX Wi-Fi 6 Router!

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    Selva
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    The ASUS AX6000 is next generation dual-band, MU-MIMO router capable of delivering throughput of 4804 Mbps on the 5.0GHz band. It has one gigabit WAN port and a eight-port Gigabit Ethernet switches onboard. It has two USB 3.1 generation one ports for sharing storage over the network. It comes with unique design ensures that any wireless device can receive a strong signal and software contains several features that make it especially best for gaming. Setup is really quick and simple. It delivers amazing speeds and video streaming and gaming are lightning fast with zero lag. All devices connected without any issues and ping was much faster than previous router setup (32ms to 6ms). The box contains the router along with its four antennas, an Ethernet cable, a quick start guide and a power adapter. The design of the router is really good. I have done speed test and compare the results with my previous mesh router. I got 260 Mbps download and 30 Mbps upload with a ping of 33 ms. With ASUS AX6000, i got 305 Mbps and 30 Mbps with best ping of 5 ms. The wireless range is amazing and it is exceeded my expectation. I was able to get good connection and Wi-Fi speed throughout the house. The phone app is really good and tons of features can be done using phone app instead of using computer browser page. Parent controls are really good and QOS is one of the best. Wireless-AX technology delivers faster performance and speed with AX Wi-Fi (up to 4804 Mbps on the 5.0GHz band) and this router is ideal for smart home devices and large homes. It provides up to 6000 Mbps data transfer rates which offers fast, efficient operation. With Orthogonal frequency-division multiple access it is boosting speed, reliability, and range for both implicit and explicit 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz Wi-Fi devices for faster, stronger, and more reliable Wi-Fi connection. i have configured Adaptive QoS to enable prioritization of gaming packages for smoother online gaming and minimizes gaming ping. This router is capable of revolutionary combination of OFDMA and MU-MIMO technologies for simultaneous streaming of data to multiple devices. With the powerful 1.8Ghz Quad-Core processer, it provides smooth streaming and better video streaming, lag-free gaming, surfing. With Two USB 3.1 gen 1 ports, it offers faster streaming, backup, and easy access to your stored media. This router has Eight Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports which allows me to connect devices with wired option and no need of extra switches. There are lot of great features like SPI firewall, VPN pass-through, and MAC or IP address filtering for advanced security ensures that your personal information stays private. AiProtection Pro network security protects your devices and personal data from Internet threats. It also offers advanced parental controls, including the ability to block specific websites and mobile app types. I like the Parental control features in this router and it lets you automatically block specific content on connected devices. There are lot of options to protect Wi-Fi with WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprise, and WPA2-Enterprise encryption to keep your information secure. ASUS always make best routers in the market and AX6000 is no exception to this. Overall, the router performs exceptionally well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, Powerful, Fast, Perfect.

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    CrysisComplex
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    The four words that describe the ASUS AX6000. This is as next-gen as it gets when it comes to every other router I have reviewed to date. Everything from features to design to being simply powerful; It is a dream using and owning. everything for me worked so far without a problem. Design (Beautiful): Ever seen a sci-fi movie with a spaceship with sleek angular design? This is what this router looks like and it's important. because sometimes you just want something nice to go along with your setup which it perfectly fit into. The Matte black feels nice and the gold give it a bit of luxury next to my PC rig. Asus has added many I/Os ports from everything you use in a modern router. 2 USB. 3.0 (one in the front and one in the back.), WAN port, 8 Gigabit LAN! (one of my favorite features), and a WPS Button. ASUS also gave clear icons under the 8 LED indicator lights. 4 Black and gold antennas ensure that everything reaches the routers radius. grill at the top with gold (?) plating inside looks great. Features (Powerful): AX6000 is certainly powerful in its own right having a 1.8 quadcore CPU which is like a mini PC itself. The router handles load between things fine making sure everything I threw at the AX6000. The backward compatibility with every router standard it supports which in itself a monumental feature to behold, but if you are buying a router you are most likely looking at the new 802.11ax. goes pass 1000+ Mbps on 2.4 GHz alone but the real glorious feature here is 5GHz reaching 4804 Mbps. There is no way from me to test this but I'm sure it does give you insane speeds but it does max out my network. The two 3.0 USB ports allow me to attach a network HDD to access anywhere I am. Windows 10, Mac, and IPv6 support is here as well. The app allows you to use your phone to change features on the fly and had no issues with the app. The ASUS interface has so many features that I can possibly go over all of them in this review due to Best buy reviews having a limit on words, but just know whatever you are most likely doing can be done here tailored to your liking. Performance (Fast): AX6000 on my network currently have 13 devices and was being used simultaneously at once maintaining the same level of speeds. Game Accelerator mode is my go-to feature as it gives double the acceleration for your games and funny enough it worked. Ping time dropped by 48% on my steam games. the feature also It allows me to put priorities on my gaming PC, PS4 Pro, and Xbox One X first giving excellent connection and blazing clear 4K streaming movies on Netflix. The setup was as easy and straight forward as it gets which hand me up and running in no time. Quick start guide is clear and everything is simple to understand. Overview (Perfect): I love it and I can't possibly rave about it enough because this is the most consistent and the best router I've used to date. AX6000 with such many I/O on LAN that makes me thrilled and happy to own. If you having a small LAN party this is perfect for that use on 4 vs 4 on certain games. I know this is an expensive router but I think with so many features your getting and the future proof technology. This is a must buy and if you plan on getting newer devices that use Wi-Fi it's perfect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So far great performance

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    Aaronxx7
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    It's been slightly less than a week and so far this router has provided solid performance with noticeable differences. I just paid a couple hundred dollars for the newest and best router through Verizon for their gigabit fios services. The Quantum router from Verizon is a decent router but the ASUS AX6000 has delivered more than twice the speeds of the quantum router, at much greater distances. I get a solid signal in every part of my house with the ASUS. Even at the farthest end of my house, where I would typically receive low signals and intermittent performance. We play a lot of video games, but mainly on consoles. There are 2 features specifically tailored for online game play. The WTFast GPN feature, and the adaptive QoS. The adaptive Qos lets you pick what type of internet services are most important to you, and then tries to prioritize that type of traffic over all others. The WTFast GPN is an external service that the router can log into, if you have an account. (or need to create one). This service has proven to benefit some games based on the user's location. Basically this VPN is strictly for games, hence GPN, it reroutes all of your game traffic through their dedicated game servers for the lowest lag time possible. In some instances the difference in latency is only a few hundredths of a ms, very negligible. However in others it has been able to reduce large pings (200+ms) down to a quarter or less of their original numbers. So in most tests WTFast provides some of the lowest pings available, but can't always improve on already fastest pings. With the free version you are limited to one connection for one device. There are paid subscriptions that offer more devices and connections, if needed. While WTFast is a benefit for most online games, it is really tailored more for PC's, with only a handful of supported games for the PS4, and XBOX One. Here is a link to their supported games( https://wtfast.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/210169943-List-of-wtfast-ASUS-Router-Supported-Games ) The router also offers a slew of customizable features that use to be only available to IT professional. So be careful on what features you change as a home user, but hey, that's what the reset button is for :) So far I have not experienced the intermittent wifi reception problems that have plagued this router in the past, I'm assuming the newer firmware has resolved these issues. The hardware itself, is very impressive, with some of the newest technology available. So if this router's software can continue to evolve, it will be a great choice for many more years. Overall I think this is a great general purpose router with enhanced features for gamers, and video streamers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Phenomenal Performance

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    jailoliv
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    ASUS AX6000 Dual Band Wi-Fi 6 Router PROS . Future proof . Supports PPoE with VLAN tagging . 8 Gbit ports . FREE Real-time threat protection . Excellent coverage . Loaded with features CONS . When using AIProtection, fiber speeds drops to fifty percent . Few devices can take advantage of the full speed of 802.11ax (Wi-Fi Generation 6) . Dual, not tri-band . Setting up PPoE that uses VLAN tagging is not intuitive and confusing Having gaming computers, video security systems, smart lighting and all gadgets of a smart home in addition to a lot of video streaming, all the speed a wireless router can provide is a must for me. Since my house is relatively big, coverage is also very important. The Asus AX6000 router can deliver all that and then some. Network security at my home has become extremely important because of all the smart home gadgets I have installed in the last year or so. The built-in AiProtection with real-time threat protection seems to work very well and amazingly, it does not require any subscription. Completely free. I really like that option. The downside is that it cut my gigabit speed to the internet in almost half. I do not know if that happens if your broadband speed is slower but my experience with business NG firewalls tells me that it affects whatever speed you have. It’s just the processing power. For that reason, I suspect the Asus’ other 802.11ax model, the GT-AX11000 Tri-Band, would not cut the speed that much but I don’t have it to test and confirm that. In my case, 500Mbps instead of 1Gbps is no big deal even with the dozens of devices I have on my home network. Nobody noticed and the peace of mind it gives is worth it. Also, it is optional and if you think that the full speed is more important than security, you can disable it. This is not the first router I own that allows me to schedule time or block sites per device but it is a great feature that I use all the time, especially for my 10-year-old daughter and her iPad. My only complaint was that configuring my fiber connection, which requires PPoE over a tagged VLAN, was not intuitive. The wizard does not consider tagged VLANs. However, I am happy that it supports PPoE and VLAN tagging. Following instructions on Asus web site, I was able to make it work without having to lease my service provider’s modem and pay $10 per month. That saves me $120 a year. Thank you Asus. Alexa, Google Home and Siri can control most everything I have. This router can support Alexa and IFTTT. I still have not figured out all the benefits other than asking Alexa to pause the internet but it is a nice feature to have. With AIProtection turned on, I got 537 Mbps download and 344 Mpbs upload to the internet with my iPhone Xs Max 4 feet away from the router and 304 Mbps down and 356 Mbps up from 40 feet away. I am still trying to understand why I got a better upload speed at a longer distance but I had similar results every time I tested it. Playing games was very smooth, even when using Oculus Rift. I was getting stable over 300 Mbps at an upstairs room over 45 feet away from the router downstairs. If the PC had a Gen 6 Wi-Fi card, I know I would have gotten even better throughput. Interestingly, there was no significant change in speed with AiProtection off for wireless devices. It only made a difference with wired PCs. I did not have AirMesh Wi-Fi units to test but my guess is that it is not as good as with a tri-band router but I am speculating here. Overall, this is the best wireless router I have ever had in terms of capability. Just waiting for more Generation 6 Wi-Fi devices to be released to take full advantage of the performance of this router. I thought of removing one star due to the difficulty that I had setting up PPoE over a tagged VLAN but the fact that it worked was worth the trouble.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is really a whole home router, a real beast!

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    stevefromtheburbs
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    I've gotten a lot of experience with routers over the last 10 years. Some are nice, some are nicer, but this one is a beast!! It is full of features that frankly most will never get close to. Just read the description of what is included with this router - the most important thing I saw was the AI protection from Trend. It is stated to be commercial quality protection and after some digging around in the programming, I'd say that is legit. From the time you get this and open the box, you can tell you are in a different ballpark with this router. From the 4 detachable antennas, to the meaty transformer, you know this is not some piece of junk. And as you continue to set this up, you realize how easy it is to setup and manage, but yet provides you with a tremendous amount of information. It took about 15 minutes to set up, and maybe 10 of that was for a firmware download and update (does it by clicking a button, not any harder than that). I plugged it into my FIOS router, it automatically went into bridge mode, connected to the internet, allowed me to set up the system by simply opening my browser and going to the address shown in the literature. Once that was done, I had to manually reboot the router, and then it was up and running. I signed into the web based interface and started looking around. It is a very advanced interface unlike like anything I've seen other than my FIOS router administration setup. You'll be surprised at the things you can do with this router, from checking on activity, seeing a map of what is running on your network (with names), watching traffic patterns, parental controls, super fast wifi speed, and next gen WIFI standard of ax. It has so many things I was overwhelmed at all of the things the programming menu allowed you to look at and change. No other router, other than my FIOS router has ever allowed you to see this much information, websites the devices are going out to, how much traffic is being utilized, etc. This is so much information (that you don't need to look at if you don't want to) that even the most meticulous detail oriented network engineers will be happy with this I am sure. The colors of black and gold are appropriate, this is the gold standard as far as I'm concerned. Nothing else has ever come close to offering this kind of protection, speed, and user controllable options. Nothing. While it isn't the cheapest router on the market, you won't need repeaters for this. Nor will you need anyone to help you set this up, even if you are a novice. The 8 ports on the back may or may not be helpful in a residential environment, it can be great for a small office setting for hardwired connections. These are gigabit ports. There is a separate port to connect to the internet source. There is a power button on the back and a reset button. Both are good decent switches. Physically the unit feels good, it is heavy but not too heavy (shipping weight was 6 lbs), and while it maintains a big footprint, I am glad they left enough room inside of the router for airflow and not just trying to make it cheap or small. Give it a try...if it isn't the best router you have seen or used, Best Buy has a decent return policy and will gladly refund your money. Truth is, you won't want to give it back. I found myself thinking why hasn't someone else done something like this? It really is the gold standard and if you just give it a try, you'll understand why. Thanks Asus, great job!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Future of Wifi with Range, Features to Spare

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    1ShadowFox1
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    All the listed specs for this ASUS router look great on paper. Combined 6000 mbps capability, 2 USB ports with the ability to share files throughout the network, 8 ethernet ports, AiMesh Capable...what else could you ask for? Initial setup was actually a little bit of a chore. The app was fairly easy,as was the web based interface. But something in the system just wasn't playing nicely. After a slight "warm up period" and about 10 minutes I had this router up and running with a reliable connection. This router took the place of another high ranked ASUS router, the Blue Cave AC2600. Compared side by side, the AX6000 router was consistently giving me better speed and range than the Blue Cave with both bands, which lead to me rarely having to switch from the 5ghz band to the 2.4ghz. Internet speed has bever been a struggle for me, but its always nice to run those speed tests and see that you are getting more of the internet that you pay for. After verifying speed and range, I moved on to the part that had me really excited...AiMesh! As I said before, the AX6000 router took the place of the ASUS Blue Cave AC2600. I didn't have any issues or complaints really with the Blue Cave, but Asus recommends putting the most feature rich router as the main router (AX6000 wins without question) and use any subsequent routers as nodes. I had been running a multiple router setup for a while, but had to go about it the hard way in logging into the 192.168.x.x home page and playing with settings in order to get good coverage throughout my house. That time has passed. With the new router finished, I immediately went into the Asus App and began setting up the Blue Cave as an AiMesh node. Unfortunately, this was also a little bit of a chore as I had to reset the router several times in order for the program to find it, but after another 10 minutes or so, I had the secondary router set up as a node. I initially completed the setup in the same room as the primary router, but after completion I moved the node into my office and plugged in an ethernet cord that I had running from the primary router to the office. I plugged in the node and after about 5 minutes the node was up and running, using the wired connection to bridge the AiMesh and blanketing my home with amazing internet speeds from either end of the home. Everywhere I go now in my home I have FULL signal. The Asus AX6000 router is an amazing piece of equipment that will be even more amazing as consumer electronics catch up to its advancements in technology. I do recommend this product to anyone looking for a great power plant to fuel your home network as everything about it screams 5 stars. Despite all of the greatness of the router, however, the setup just seemed to give me fits. It never didn't work, but the entire setup felt like it had stayed up too late the night before and hadn't had its caffeine yet to get going. Once up and running though, I have never been happier with the internet coverage in my house. Side note: One of my laptops has been struggling with the new router. I don't know if its the new style band not cooperating with the wifi card in the 2018 Dell, but when any other device is getting over 500 mbps internet, this laptop is only getting 40 mbps. I have triend updating the driver, but Asus does warn that certain products may struggle with the newer technology included in the AX6000.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Router, Excellent Feature List

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    zboot
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    The AX6000 is a sleek looking dual band router from ASUS. The two bands being 2.4GHz and 5Ghz. It actually is an 802.11ax router though is backwards compatible with devices that would work with 802.11ac. The 6000 is the combined speed (6000Mbps) on the two bands over 802.11ax. For your older devices on 802.11ac, you'd be limited to a max of 4333Mbps. Each band supports 4 channels each which results in pretty good throughput for the typical number of home devices. Router setup is prety easy going through the web interface. It's running ASUS WRT firmware which makes this a bit more full featured than some routers. For example, it supports OpenVPN on the router, a media server, a print server (for USB connected dumb printers), Samba and FTP servers (provide access to your files on an external hard drive), and a built in download application that can handle downloading files for you, scheduling and throttling bandwith usage. Depending on your internet service and available computing at home, this can be a big deal as you don't need to keep a laptop or desktop completely tied up to manage a download and it automatically throttles things back while you're active, like watching a movie over a streaming service. Physically, it has 1 WAN port (connection to a cable or DSL modem), 8 LAN ports, 2 USB ports and 4 antenna. It surprisingly supports WPS even though that's not recommeded from a security perspective. I looked at three performance metrics. Streaming quality at the furthest location in my house from the router, gaming latency between a couple routers inside the house, and speed to copy a large file from my laptop to a USB hard drive attached to the router. Streaming quality was good. Things started out at 720p but quickly moved up to full HD (1080p). Aside from the initial hiccup (at what's still good quality) I didn't notice any issues. Gaming worked pretty well. No perceptible lag or stuttering between two machines connected over the wireless. With the LAN ports being gigabit, I expect those would be even better. The file copy speed was about 8Mbps at the highest. At first, I thought I'd found a problem, but it turned out that this is about the fastest my USB external drive can handle! I was being speed limited by the drive, not the wireless. I'm pretty impressed by the AX6000. Premium performance routers have been incorporating more features one typically gets from third party router firmware like DDWRT. I've only recently found commercial routers with enough features built-in that I didn't feel a need to purchase one capable of being loaded with DDWRT. The AX6000 takes things a step further and really stands out in terms of features. One feature I should highlight is the AiProtection service from Trend Micro. In addition from acting as an addition firewall and antivirus on the router, you also get a license (time limited as well) for PCs and a couple mobile devices. I'm not sure how great a feature this really is. I didn't really evaluate it and frankly, I don't think most people are knowledgeable or equipped enough to truly test out whether or not this works well. For me, my devices already have protection - it seems the additional anti-virus on the router is just leeching performance. That said, if your current antivirus license is expiring or you're already a trend micro user, this could be a cool value add.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Top notch wireless router!

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    btb2k
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    Setup of this router is about as easy as they come where right out of box you simply connect it to the internet and then connect to the wireless network. Once you do that, it'll walk through the steps to set it up and you're all set. I like the fact tha it was easy and fast to setup! Here's a sumamry of what I have found so far: Its fast - very fast! You can tell by navigating it's adminstration/configuration pages that it's fast as it's smooth and quick to apply most settings. Not only that, the WiFi is blazing fast on the 5ghz bands. Files can actually transfer as fast or faster than they do on the gigabit ethernet which I think is pretty amazing. It's future proofed with the latest WiFi standards and ASUS is updating it as the 802.11ax standard is updated. Note to really benefit from this latest standard that your wireless device must also support it. That said, it's fully compatible with all of the other 802.11 standards like ac, a, b, g, n. Flexibility and built in features- It offfers both simple and advanced configurations so you can set it up to suit your needs. You can connect hard drives to it and setup your own cloud service to access you files safely from where ever you are outside of your network. It even offers a way to back up that drive to the cloud so your data is safe if there's a crash. The traffic monitoring and the antivirus is pretty awesome as well. If your on an ISP that monitors your bandwidth and you want to see where it all goes (by computer, by application/site) this router definitely does that and does it well! The gaming and QoS features work surprisingly well. The game booster doesn't necessarily work with all games but there is a fairly good size list and they are adding more. It does add a fair amount of difference on games that have heavy network traffice/load like while playing World of Warcraft in raids and I've noticed a difference with it turned on and off. Signal - The signal from this router is strong on both the 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz bands and covers my two story house just fine. Ports! For anyone who has a home with built-in ethernet this is a router I'd highly recommend for you! 8 gigabit ports offers more than enough for most needs that way. Stability - This is probably one of the most important things to me when evaluating a router against all of the features. It's one thing to have it be fast and offer a ton of features but it's most important that it's stable. In testing the couple of weeks I've had it going so far I haven't had to reboot it once and based on how well it's performing am not expecting that'll be something that's necessary. So far the performance and stability has been rock solid. There are a number of other features that make this router a good one to go with but these are the ones I found most impressive. There are some others like Alexa and IFTTT capabilities so you can easily turn on/off your guest network with ease for example. The stability of the router so far is top notch. Overall, I'd highly recommend this router for a number of reasons outside of it just being fast and stable which are essential to any router. It offers a number of features that are easy to use and really set it apart from other routers I've had int he past including the one this one replaced.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Advanced Router for the Home

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    OmieOne
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    Setup: The Asus Router is fairly easy to setup. The only con I have with this device is during the setup. The Wireless Radio's are set to Open. Unlike manufacturers devices who have a custom WiFi name and password for setup ASUS in this respect went the simple and lazy route and turned the wireless on and left it open. While it makes it easy to quickly setup, it does leave you open for someone to hijack your router before you finish setup. Therefore when you get ready to set this up, I recommend be fast to lock down your wireless. However that con aside setup was easy. I was happy to see when you start the setup on the device you are asked with you want to use this as a router or an access point. For me I need access point to extend my wireless and not route my Internet. Because I set this up as an access point some of router/firewall/security features are naturally disabled, so I can't comment on those, as an access point, it is great. It quickly detected my network and work. That was nice. I had it up and running very fast. Only downside as I was tuning the settings, like turning off WPS, it would have to stop and reset the router. It was fairly fast, but slightly annoying that I would have to wait 15 seconds every time. Use: Since setting it up, I have been testing with my gaming desktop, which has been wired. I haven't noticed a difference in gaming or downloading with the ASUS Device. Now I have a higher end Wireless card, but still I've been impressed with that. Now my experience will be different from yours, however the wireless is working. The coverage in my house, for the access point it replaced is just as good, and the devices connecting don't seem to be experiencing problems. Asus also seems to regularly support there devices with firmware upgrades from what I can see, however I am unsure, if the device is auto updating the firmware, since I always manually check with all new devices. However due to the features on this router, a manual update may be better, but I'd recommend making sure if you have a good backup of settings and set a reminder to check once a month for new firmware, if it doesn't auto update. There is a warning though if you have Intel Wireless cards (a lot of laptop users) that you should ensure the drivers are updated before using this device. The warning is in the box, so check your devices before moving them over to the ASUS. For me that doesn't seem to be an issue, and I am happy with ASUS. While I'm unsure of the advantage of the AX Wireless standard since I don't have any clients, For my use case, the device I tested, I was unable to really tell the difference between the ASUS Wireless connection and using an Ethernet cable.I like having that flexibilty and the advanced features and tuning given by ASUS.Its nice to have a device where I have a large number of options and I am very happy with it and think you will be too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Premium Router with Premium Cost

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    Trobadour
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    ---SETUP--- The setup of this ASUS router was more complicated than I expected. Compared to other competing brands, this ASUS mobile app for setup isn’t as seamless as I am used to. The instructions say to set up via WiFi but I ended up using an ethernet cable to set it up. Also, if you have Intel-Dual Band Wireless adapters, you must go to the downloadcenter Intel Website to upgrade them to prevent disconnection interruptions. ---FEATURES--- The key feature of this WiFi router is that it can work with you Amazon Alexa, has blazing speeds, and has a Game Boost feature powered by WTFast Gamers Private Network. This router features 802.11ax WiFi 6th generation, but this is just future-proofing the next generation of WiFi enabled devices. It also has 8 ethernet ports for those who want most of their internet-enabled devices wired (i.e. video game consoles). ---PERFORMANCE--- The performance of this router is comparable to other routers in the market. Though I did activate the WTFast by creating an account and following all steps, I didn’t notice any significant changes to my gaming compared to my previous routers. ---EXPECTATIONS--- The product meets my expectations but I didn’t expect it to improve my gaming, as many routers promise faster speeds, but you must know that your speed is always determined by what you are paying for. ---VALUE--- The price for the ASUS router in terms of value is high but worth it only if you seek specific features, like Alexa integration and future-proofing yourself. . ---APPROVAL--- I highly recommend this product for people who have already invested in other ASUS routers, as they can serve as WiFi extensions into your home. Also, if you are trying to future-proof yourself, then this is the router to pick up but at a premium cost.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent AX/WiFi6 capable router...

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    Todd
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    I recieved this for honest review in return! To start, Ive been waiting to get my hands on a newer router, preferably a AX/WiFi6 capable router. Even though there are currently little to no AX capable devices in the wild. I was excited to get the RT-AX88U, really wanted the ROG 1100 AX model but missed it, anyway... I missed my old Asus RT-N66R, my previous Linksys EA9500 was good but not great. I love Asus for the fact theyre always updating and improving upon theyre routers performance and reliability via firmware updates. Setup, was a breeze, took less than 20 minutes to get all my wired and wireless decices up and running back online. Coverage is as good or better compared to my EA9500, which had 6 antennas vs 4 on the 88U! There is so much customization and controllability with this router. I would love to pick up another and use as a ai Mesh AP! The 8 ports on the rear is a huge bonus for me, as half of my decices are wired to my network, I also use a 8 port wired switch in my MBR closet for items such as my Philips Hue Hub, 4k bluray player, nvidia shield tv, and my MBR4k smart tv. The other half, are wireless such as tablets, security camera, gaming laptop, video doorbell, smart hubs, etc... I have around 14 hardwireded decices, and 16 wireless devices. I have a 1 story ranch home arount 1400 sq ft. No issues with loss of wifi signal or a weak signal. So far no complaints, except I wish I had another for use as a AP.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Spectacular Speed, Coverage and Protection

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    AcurNet
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    The Asus - AX6000 is a very impressive wireless router, delivering high performance on the wireless network, coupled with real-time protection with the integrated Trend Micro security solution. The router is easy to setup. Within moments, your devices can be connected, protected and surfing the web, streaming, sharing content at amazing speeds all without the worry of malicious content attacking your devices. I have gigabit service from my ISP and the Asus AX6000 router optimizes my experience. Thanks to this routers strong signal strength, I can reach near gigabit speeds (it's never quite 1 Gbps from the ISP) on the internet while 2-3 rooms away from the router. Local wireless network throughput is amazing. File transfers are extremely fast. I can reach speeds of 4Gbps between endpoints on my network. This is great for streaming HD content from my media server. I have a gigabit connection from my media server to this router and my other machines connect wirelessly and it all works great. No latency issues, even when I'm far away from the router. (tested up to 900ft away from the router) The admin console is very intuitive, and easy to navigate. I like the dashboard and the health monitor of the network. This is a fantastic router and it will ensure all of your wireless network needs are satisfied. I highly recommend the Asus AX6000 router.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Horrible software with cheap construction

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    Scarab
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    Went through two of these, the first one kept rebooting. The software is horrible, very unstable. If you get it ditch official releases and go for the Merlin versions of the software. Slowed my gigabit internet to barely 600meg, and wireless to half that. Many devices would randomly drop off WiFi, and others like TVs and Thermostats would randomly refuses to connect until rebooted. Software misreports many things, several issues don't show up in the logs. DHCP devices get detected as Static (even though it issued their addresses). Devices are not easily identifiable as to which physical port they are connected. Some ports will endlessly renegotiate (cable is fine) until moved to another port. Turning on any of the additional functions like IPS or QoS will lower performance even more. The hardware has cheap plastic with bulky antennas that have so much extra plastic for decoration they have trouble holding themselves up. Spent endless hours on the phone with support to resolve issues who only stalled and asked for more information each time until the my option to return it ended. Then no response for over a month. Save your money and aggravation. Avoid ASUS routers at all cost.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    EXCELLENT - NEW TECH - PREMIUM PRICE

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    JBCTECH
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    The ASUS - AX6000 Dual Band Wifi Router offers the new, cutting-edge tech of the 801... AX standard which, of course, offers greater Wifi speeds. As expected, you'll need the latest devices that are capable of exploiting the advantages of this latest standard. Also, because this is newer tech, the price reflects it. If you don't need it, you'll still get great performance from the previous standards using MU-MIMO. However, if you want to get the latest tech that will help you squeeze every bit of bandwidth out of your system, this is a solid choice. Performance is excellent in both speed, managing multiple devices, and range of coverage. Set up was fairly easy and I had no problems. However, the included instructions made no mention of their 'ASUS Router' App I found on the iOS App Store (I assume there's one for Android as well). I'm glad I looked for it before doing the installation as it made it smoother. I also like the fact that Parental Controls includes filter categories which, surprisingly, the Linksys App does not include in it's App. Once installed, it has worked great. I've had no glitches, the speed is excellent (even with multiple devices streaming). For the latest tech (at a corresponding price) this is an Excellent Router.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing future proof router with loaded features

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    Prat
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    The Asus - AX6000 is a NexGen 802.11ax MU-MIMO WiFi router. This router doesn't need any apps to setup. You would set this one via the traditional browser method. This provides a range of admin tools to setup and control this router. It also comes with 8 LAN ports which should be plenty for wired connections. This router comes with Asus AiMesh feature which helps with adding multiple Asus routers in a mesh setup for the whole home. The new WiFi standard provides increased signal range, which means less dead spots for your devices. Your devices need to support 802.11ax if you want to make use of this feature. But this is future proofing, in case your do not have any 802.11ax devices and it is backwards compatible with older WiFi standards. The router also comes with AiProtection Pro, Adaptive QoS, Traffic Analyzer powered by Trend Micro. You can't use these features if you do not allow your data to be sent to Trend Micro. This router also supports OpenVPN client and server options. This is useful if you intend to setup a dedicated VPN via the router using your VPN software. This router is loaded with features for various operating modes. This is a bit heavy and well built router. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a future proof router with lot of tech options that you can customize to your need.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great router!

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    Honestreviewer151987
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    It’s very easy to set up. Installation just took me less than 5mins, then I can enjoy high speed internet. Although there are no any 11ax clients yet, but RT-AX88U works fine with my smart IoT devices. I have about 20 connected devices in my household, including 4K smart TV, robot vacuum, notebook, ipad, mobile phone, smart plug...etc. I'm very pleased to report that this thing is rock solid. I have not even once gone offline and all my devices connect and work perfectly. Range and speed are outstanding. Using a throughput app, I'm seeing very good throughout depending on where I am at in the home. Ping is very low, lower than the old Asus. So overall excellent performance and range. I have my network setup in "smart" mode where the SSID is the same for both radios. I'm not sure if it makes a difference because I've always set mine up that way, just never had the "smart" feature as an option. The smart mode I think tries to balance the number of devices on each radio and will move them if demand is too great on one or the other. So overall, I definitely recommend this router. I've only had it for a short time but I will come back and update the review if something changes. For all those that are having connectivity issues, have you updated to the newest firmware? Mine is rock solid.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superb Gaming Router.

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    kwilks3
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    This router is very easy to setup. I was up and running within a few minutes. The GUI is very easy to navigate, and there are a ton of options available. My favorites are "Adaptive QOS" giving my PC priority over all others in the house, and "Parental Controls", so I can make sure my daughter is not watching YouTube or chatting with friends after hours. The WTfast feature is very limited on this router. I wish there was a way to add a game. For now, there's just a handful of games to chose from, and a tiny fraction of those are actually PC games. There might be a way to update it, but I haven't figured it out yet. The only game I have lag issues with is just about any COD (PC) title that has come out after they did away with actual browser searchable dedicated servers. The LED lights can be turned off, but they are not very bright, so I left them on. Overall I'm very pleased with this router.

    I would recommend this to a friend